The 161st winner of the St Leger, held on Wednesday 9th September 1936 over 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards of Town Moor, was Boswell, a brown colt by Bosworth out of Flying Gal, owned by Mr William Woodward. A field of 14 runners contested the race which was worth £10,200. (Equivalent to £666,000 in 2017)

The Youtube link below is a 1 minute 23 second clip of the 1936 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
BOSWELL Pat Beasley Cecil Boyd-Rochfort William Woodward 20/1
FEARLESS FOX Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Mr A G Smith 100/6
MAHMOUD Charlie Smirke Frank Butters HH Aga Khan 5/1
MAGNET Gordon Richards Templeman Lord Hirst 33/1
RHODES SCHOLAR R Dick Lawson Lord Astor 6/4 fav
PLASTIC CAST J Sirett Lawson Lord Astor 66/1
FOXFIELD Tommy Weston Lawson Sir Abe Bailey 66/1
PIZZARO R A Jones Thomas Hogg Lord Glanely 66/1
RAEBURN Tommy Burns J Lawson Mr G D Hollingsworth 9/1
COLUMCILLE Sam Wragg O Bell Lord Londonderry 20/1
HIS GRACE Harry Wragg R Dawson Mr James V Rank 20/1
KAULFRYN F Lane Rickards Mr F C Misopric 66/1
ESQUEMELING G Bezant F Pratt Mr James de Rothschild 20/1
THANKERTON M Beary G Armstrong Mrs J Shand 6/1
After a clean start first time Boswell made the early running from Mahmoud. After half a mile Pizzaro went on and led them into the straight, followed by Fearless Fox amd favourite Rhodes Scholar. However, the favourite began struggling fully 3 furlongs out as Boswell regained the lead. Boswell finished the strongest to win by 3/4 length in 3 minutes 8.6 seconds, with 3 lengths back to the third. Over Round 115%

In the Official 3-Y-O Free Handicap Derby winner Mahmoud was rated 1lb higher than 2000 Guineas winner Pay Up, 4lbs higher than St Leger winner Boswell, 17lbs higher than 1000 Guineas winner Tide-Way, and fully 21lbs higher than Oaks winner Lovely Rosa. Based on their entire career performances this site rates Mahmoud 3lbs higher than Pay Up, 6lbs higher than Boswell, 12lbs higher than Tide-Way and 18lbs higher than Lovely Rosa.

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